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Posted on: March 8, 2021

Muddy Trails - Do not use

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EAGLE AREA TRAIL CONDITIONS AS OF APRIL 12, 2021

 

Trails that are not subject to seasonal wildlife closures are drying out quickly. Haymaker (first and second loop), Redneck Ridge, and Boneyard are all in pretty good shape. As a reminder, Town trails that are subject to seasonal wildlife restrictions are STILL CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 15! 

 

The Town of Eagle regularly communicates with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (“CPW”) to determine the need for extending seasonal wildlife closures owing to wintering animals remaining in the area. Currently, CPW does not anticipate any necessary changes to the existing seasonal wildlife closures this season. Please stay off trails with wildlife closures until Friday, April 16!

 

Town of Eagle Trails Report – April 12, 2021

Trail Name

Status

Notes

Boneyard

Please be mindful of small muddy patches if you use this trail, go through the mud, not around.

Redneck Ridge

Please be mindful of small muddy patches if you use this trail, go through the mud, not around.

Bellyache Road

Good to go! 

Charlie Brown trail

Good to go! 

Haymaker Loops 1 and 2

Good to go! The third loop and extra credit are still closed.

Haymaker Loop 3 and Extra Credit

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

Pool and Ice trail

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15 – open to pedestrians only when the trail is not muddy

Wills Thrill/ Hillbilly/ Dirt Surfer

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

Eagle Ranch trails / Arroyo TH trails

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

Hernage Creek trail

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

Silver Spur trails/ Abrams Creek area

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

School House Rock/ West Eagle

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through April 15

Three Sisters Trail

Wildlife closure in effect! Closed through June 30

Town of Eagle and Eagle Ranch paved recreation paths

Open and good to go! 

 

For additional information on local and regional trail conditions, take a look at the Eagle Outside website, VVMTA Trail Conditions Facebook Group, or the Trail Conditions reports on the Trailforks website. Thank you for respecting our natural resources here in Eagle! Please stay tuned – the Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails Program will be issuing regular trail condition updates through the spring. For additional information, please call 970-328-6542.

 

Spring trail use etiquette: 

All open trails around Eagle are currently experiencing a melt/freeze cycle. The trails are generally frozen first thing in the morning but once the air temperature warms up at about 9am, the trails quickly become too muddy to use. Sections of some trails are certainly dry, but all trails still have large sections of mud. Please do not damage these trails by using them when they are muddy.

It takes long and laborious hours to fix trails that are damaged from use when muddy. The amount of time and effort that is required by volunteers to fix damaged trails could instead be used on building new trails, educating trail users, installing new signage, and other beneficial projects. Please respect your trails and open space and do not use muddy trails! Spring is right around the corner; we will be on dry dirt before you know it!

For additional information on local and regional trail conditions, take a look at the Eagle Outside website, VVMTA Trail Conditions Facebook Group, or the Trail Conditions reports on the Trailforks website. 

Thank you for respecting our natural resources here in Eagle! Please stay tuned – the Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails Department will be issuing regular trail condition updates.

Here are some additional reasons staying off muddy trails will benefit you and the community in the long run:

  • The trail experience for all users will be diminished for the entire season from trail use during the muddy season. Play the long game, be patient for the next month.
  • Ruts, developed from mud being pushed around on the trails, will harden into cement-like trenches and divots. This makes the trail surfaces unpleasant and difficult to use for riders, hikers, and runners alike for the rest of the year.
  • Ruts will continue to collect water- causing it to pool. Riding, hiking, and running around these ruts and pools will widen the trail.
  • Volunteers will have to spend their precious time repairing the ruts and creating new drainage. The amount of time and effort that will be required by volunteers to fix these ruts could be spent on building new trails, educating trail users, installing new signage, and other beneficial projects.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Open Space and Trails Department at 970-328-6542 or email Brian at openspace@townofeagle.org.

 

 

 

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